Governance and Performance in the German Public Research Sector

Disciplinary Differences

  • Dorothea Jansen

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Effects of Science Law and Science Policy on Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roland Broemel, Arne Pilniok, Simon Sieweke, Hans-Heinrich Trute
      Pages 19-41
  3. New Governance of Research and Effects on Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Dorothea Jansen, Regina von Görtz, Richard Heidler
      Pages 45-71
  4. New Governance of PhD Education and Effects on Performance

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 125-193

About this book


Today, higher education and research institutions are confronted with variable and sometimes contradictory demands from state, industry and society. They have to face growing volatility in education policy, and a research paradigm that sees an accelerating rate of knowledge growth as well as the internationalization of the knowledge process itself. It is vital that academics and policymakers stay abreast of the impact that policy changes have on education and research in tertiary institutions. Based on a sector-specific theory model for the governance of research organizations, this book outlines evidence of the effects of the so-called ‘new public management reforms’ in the German university and public research sector. The volume aims to shed some light on the differences between the disciplines in input, throughput, profiles of output and the typical conditions of knowledge production, disparities that are currently little understood and are thus not reflected in government policy as ministers implement new governance forms in the research system. It analyzes in detail these new forms, and demonstrates how they affect knowledge production and research performance from the level of research group up to that of the system itself. The authors focus on a set of disciplines that represent the breadth of research divisions in major universities: natural science fields oriented to basic research (astrophysics), two application-oriented fields from the natural sciences (nanoscience and biotechnology), a social science field (economics) and a humanity field (medieval history).


Disciplinary Differences Forms of Governance German Research Foundation Governance NPM New Public Management Research Governance Research performance education higher education internationalization knowledge production performance indicator system university university governance reforms

Editors and affiliations

  • Dorothea Jansen
    • 1
  1. 1.Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer, LS für Soziologie der OrganisationDeutsche Hochschule fürSpeyerGermany

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